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Clark wins thrilling Coast to Coast race

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/02/2017

Sam Clark has overhauled arch-rival Braden Currie to defend his Coast to Coast multi-sport race title across the South Island.

Whakatane athlete Clark clocked 11 hours 2 minutes 43 seconds to beat home three-time winner Currie of Wanaka, who had opened up a lead of 17 minutes at one stage on the mountain running leg on the Southern Alps.

Clark was emotional after crossing the finish line at Christchurch's New Brighton Beach, having passed Currie over the closing stages.

"Never stop fighting. It's not over until it's over," he shouted.

Clark made up ground on the penultimate stage of the gruelling 243km event, a 67km kayak, before hitting the lead midway through the final 70km bike stage. His winning margin was nearly 8min.

It was a similar finish to the women's race, where Elina Ussher clinched a fourth title.

Ussher trailed South African debutant Robyn Owen by more than 6min after the kayak leg but powered home on the bike to win in 13hr 11min 39sec. It was more than 18min quicker than Owen.

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